Sunday, October 14, 2012

In Eastern Europe, homegrown giving and volunteerism is taking root

Dasha Fedoseeva, standing, was among the volunteers
at the Rosh Hashanah auction and gala fundraiser
at Moscow's Radisson Royal Hotel on Sept. 19, 2012.
The money went to benefit a Jewish orphanage.
(Ilya Dolgopolsky)
Wearing an elegant dress and a name tag, Dasha Fedoseeva flitted among the tables during a recent Jewish community dinner in Moscow just after Rosh Hashanah.

Fedoseeva wasn’t just a guest. She was part of a team of young Jewish volunteers whose goal was to mingle and charm older guests into increasing their donations to local Jewish charities.

Organized by the Russian Jewish Congress, the gala dinner and auction raised $85,000. In 2011, the Congress allocated $385,000  to a Jewish orphanage in Moscow -- all the money was raised locally in fundraising drives.

The raising of substantial funds locally is a sign of something that was almost unthinkable just a few years ago in former Soviet bloc countries. -- JTA

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